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by Paul Kellogg | November 25, 2013
Support for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is evaporating with stunning speed. Few want to be associated with a man who has publicly and brazenly lied about past behaviour, engaged in open and obnoxious physical bullying, and now on public television used misogynist and degrading language. His mayoralty is disintegrating in a cloud of scandal and shame. We need to be clear, however, that Rob Ford is more than just one, dysfunctional, white former football coach from Etobicoke.
LeftStreamed: Pension Funds and Privatization
November 24, 2013
Nearly all of the largest pension funds in Canada have moved aggressively into financing what they call infrastructure, or alternative asset classes that include various kinds of public infrastructure that have been either privatized outright or restructured into a partnership structure which, critics argue, produces guaranteed (and monopolistic) profits for private owners and managers of infrastructure, with many of the risks still borne by government or public sector entities.
What's New: Conservative "Hat Trick"
| November 23, 2013
The 'Hat Trick' speech at Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's BBQ with Stephen Harper et al. Recorded 2 August 2011.
LeftStreamed: Afghanistan: Perils and Possibilities
November 23, 2013
This lecture by Justin Podur is based on a trip he made to Kabul in March 2013 and his chapter in the 2013 University of Toronto Press book, Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan. Recorded in Toronto, 28 October 2013.
What's New: Bring it On! Russell Brand and Revolution
by Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones | November 22, 2013
Russell Brand is little known outside Britain and the USA. Nevertheless, since he was invited to guest edit an issue of the British soft left weekly magazine The New Statesman at the end of October 2013 his thoughts about politics and the world have, as they say on the internet, gone viral. Tens of thousands have now looked at his lengthy piece in the New Statesman and over 9 million (and growing) have accessed the video on YouTube.
Bullet #900: Stop Line 9 Should Be Labour's Demand
by Herman Rosenfeld | November 22, 2013
One would have hoped that Canada's newest and largest private sector union UNIFOR, would have been out front in the growing movement against Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline reversal. This key new organization of Canada's working-class needs to join First Nations, environmental activists, young people, Occupy veterans, other unionists and working people in communities across Ontario in organizing to demand that Line 9 be stopped.
What's New: Childcare Now: Kitchen table stories
by Steve da Silva | November 21, 2013
Creating a childcare coop in the community - as a way to deal with the childcare crisis in Canada.
The Disappearance of Palestine December 13, 2013
University of strife: John Harris on the latest wave of student protests December 13, 2013
Sadly, Rob Ford epitomises what Canada has become December 13, 2013
Kellogg subsidies another bad deal for Ontario December 13, 2013
Lecturers must stand with students to preserve the right to protest December 13, 2013
West of Eden December 13, 2013
Nelson Mandela's years in power: Was he pushed or did he jump? December 13, 2013
South African activists post pro-Palestine banners at Mandela memorial December 12, 2013
Cuba was conspicuously absent in Mandela coverage December 12, 2013
The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women December 12, 2013
The People's Potash? December 12, 2013In The News archive:
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| 3:30pm, Friday December 13, 2013
CSI, ING Room, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
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|Workshop series: Pension Funds, Unions, and Working Class Strategies|
We are pleased to invite participation in an open workshop series focused on the role of Canadian workers’ pension funds in the larger national and global economy.
One of the key features of the continuing deep economic crisis facing Canadian workers is the attack on long established pension and retirement benefits, which are now dismissed as a costly frill that only benefits a shrinking minority of the workforce. The defence of these benefits by trade unions is becoming more difficult and divisive – it risks appearing self-serving in a context where the older notion that private, employer-based plans might serve as a positive step toward a universal system of full coverage for all workers is no longer credible.
• Convenor: Kevin Skerrett (Canadian Union of Public Employees), email@example.com
• Greg Albo (Centre for Social Justice), firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed Series Schedule and Details:
Each of the six workshops will be held on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:00pm, every other week. (We will skip November 8th, and use November 15th in its place)
Registration not required for the last two sessions -- open to all.
• September 27: From Pension Fund Socialism to Pension Fund Capitalism?
• October 11: Trade union and ‘progressive’ strategies: The Responsible Investment, Capital Stewardship, and ‘pension fund activism’ movements
• October 25: Fiduciary Duty – A legal shield for corporate capitalism?
• November 15: Pension funds and privatization: P3s and pension-financed privatization
• December 6: The Rise of Finance – What role for trade unions & pension funds? With Michael Rafferty, John Peters and Aidan Conway.
• December 13: Trade unions, pensions, corporations, and the state. With Doug Henwood and Sam Gindin.
Location and Time: Sessions will be held on Fridays from 3:30-6:00 in the ING Room, ground level, at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street (one block south of Bloor).
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre (York University), Canada Research Chair in Political Economy (York University) and Socialist Project | PDF flyer | Facebook event
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